|Publication number||US6948690 B1|
|Application number||US 10/448,377|
|Publication date||Sep 27, 2005|
|Filing date||May 30, 2003|
|Priority date||Jun 5, 2002|
|Publication number||10448377, 448377, US 6948690 B1, US 6948690B1, US-B1-6948690, US6948690 B1, US6948690B1|
|Inventors||Vernon Ralph Sandel|
|Original Assignee||Vernon Ralph Sandel|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (12), Classifications (8), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims benefit of Provisional Appl. 60/385,843 filed Jun. 5, 2002.
Great strides have been made to make bow hunting available to the general public. With the advent of compound bows and modern sights even a rank beginner with a bow can participate in this increasingly popular sport. However, the compound bow and the attached equipment are heavier than the old bows, and holding the bow steady at arm's length while aiming and firing can be a problem, particularly for people with lesser physical strength. This problem is compounded in a hunting situation where the hunter may have to wait after drawing the bow for the game to move to a favorable spot or position before firing. This invention addresses the problem for hunting from a tree stand or a ground blind by providing a steady rest for the bow which steadies the bow while being aimed and fired. It does for the bow what a shooting rest does for rifle hunting. In addition, the bow rest holds the bow in a ready position with no effort from the user while waiting for game to appear.
In the prior art various types of devices have been proposed which have elements similar to the present invention. These fall into two broad categories: bow holders that hold the bow in a ready position while waiting for game to appear but require that the bow be removed before firing, and bow rests that steady the bow during firing and may also act as a bow holder.
A large number of bow holders have been described. U.S. Pat. No. 5,806,508 to Stempien et al is a pertinent example which discloses a bow holder having means to attach the holder to a vertical surface, a swivel device which holds a support and attachment device (knot) which holds the bow where the bow string joins the bow. The single support string of this device does not prevent the bow from rotating while suspended. The bow becomes disconnected from the support and attachment device when the bow is drawn, and thus provides no support for the bow's weight or the archer's arm while aiming and firing.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,059,240 to Gorsuch discloses a bow holder having means to attach the holder to a vertical surface, a swivel support which holds an L-shaped bracket which holds the bow where the bow string joins the bow. The bow must be removed from the support to draw and fire the bow.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,244,556 to Carillo et al discloses a bow holder which attaches to a seat bottom having a base plate, a platform with slot to support the bottom end of the bow, and a prop to hold the bow in a vertical position.
Examples of bow rests which steady the bow during the drawing, aiming and firing follow. U.S. Pat. No. 6,029,643 to Golfieri discloses a bow rest having a base which the archer stands on, a vertical support and a horizontal support attached to the vertical support. The horizontal support attaches to the bow at the threaded bore in the bow's riser ordinarily used for a stabilizer. Because of the size and lack of portability this device is not adaptable to hunting.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,509,400 to Chalin discloses a bow rest having a vertical, telescoping rod attached to a horizontal support which attaches to the riser of the bow through the threaded stabilizer port. The lower portion of the vertical telescoping rod supports the weight of the bow and archer's arm by resting on the user's foot. This device does not act as a bow holder.
A number of steady rests have been disclosed which do not attach to the bow, but steady the arm through bracing from some other part of the body or clothing. U.S. Pat. No. 5,351,867 to Vest is a representative example. It describes an arm steady rest which attaches to the belt or clothing of the user and provides an adjustable support to the forearm by means of two telescoping elements. This device does not act as a bow holder.
The present invention is directed to an archery bow rest which also acts as a bow holder, and is suitable for bow hunting from a ground blind or a tree stand. It consists of a swiveling support boom attached to a vertical surface and support elements that attach to the swiveling support boom at the top and to the bow at the bottom. This support structure holds the bow while waiting for game to appear and supports and steadies the bow and the user's arm when aiming and shooting. The bow is attached to the support structure at the riser in such a way that it does not interfere with the actions of the limbs or bowstring, and thus does not affect the trajectory of the arrow. The bow is also easily removed from the support structure if game is outside the range of movement of the Archery Bow Steady Rest and Holder.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved archery bow rest that greatly improves shooting accuracy by eliminating shaking of the bow.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved archery bow rest and holder that is practical for bow hunting.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved archery bow rest and holder that is light, portable, and easily set up.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved archery bow rest and holder that is inexpensive to make and easy to use.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved archery bow rest that holds the bow in a ready position without effort or attention from the user, and from which the bow does not have to be removed to draw and fire.
These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will be fully apparent from the following description, when taken in connection with the annexed drawings.
The preferred embodiment of the present invention 1 being used as a steady rest is shown in
Referring now to the drawings in greater detail,
For convenience in carrying and setup, the straps 3 are secured to a vertical member 2 by any conventional means such as loops 11. A boom 6 is attached to the vertical member 2 by means of a swivel 5 comprised of a plurality of tubes alternately attached the boom 6 and vertical member 2, again by any conventional means, and a pin 12 which threads through the tubes binding them together. The swivel 5 allows the boom to rotate about the vertical axis of the pin 12 and to be separated from the vertical member 2 for ease of installation of 1. Alternatively, the boom 6 can be permanently attached to a swivel 5 and vertical member 2.
In the preferred embodiment two vertical support elements 8 are attached to the boom 6 by means of a vertical support element separator 7. The lower ends of the vertical support elements are attached to the two end eyelets of a bow attaching device 9. The bow attaching device 9 holds a bow at the top of the riser 15 where it flares or projects out to form a pocket for the bow's upper limb 14.
The preferred vertical support elements 8 are strings, but any elements that will support the bow attaching device 9 can be used.
As shown in
The preferred vertical support elements (strings) 8 and form of the bow attaching device 9 shown in
To facilitate hanging certain bows in the Archery Bow Steady Rest and Holder the simple bracket shown in
Another possible embodiment of the present invention is shown in
As shown in
When game appears, the archer takes hold of the bow and string, draws the bow, and the bow rest 1 steadies the bow while aiming and firing. Since the weight of the bow and the user's arm is borne by the bow rest 1 sighting is more accurate. When the bow rest is properly installed a slight downward pressure is actually needed during sighting.
There is a somewhat limited ability to aim the bow in the vertical plane while in the Archery Bow Steady Rest and Holder, though some vertical flexibility results from stretching of the straps 3 (
Although the Archery Bow Steady Rest and Holder and the method of using the same according to the present invention has been described in the forgoing specification with considerable details, it is to be understood that modifications may be made to the invention which do not exceed the scope of the appended claims and modified forms of the present invention done by others skilled in the art to which the invention pertains will be considered infringements of this invention when those modified forms fall within the claimed scope of this invention.
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|U.S. Classification||248/218.4, 42/94, 89/37.04, 124/86|
|International Classification||A47B96/00, F41B5/14|
|Apr 6, 2009||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Sep 27, 2009||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Nov 17, 2009||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20090927